But… but… U of R… “the new Ivy.” The average SAT is in the 95th percentile. Meanwhile, I had like a 75 average in HS and never took the SATs. I had to work way too hard just to get As at a CC. All the other A students seemed to coast through without even studying. ;___;
I’m seriously considering Physics and Astronomy now. It’s basically all the same classes as normal Physics, except the electives are replaced with astronomy classes. Rochester is a research university (the undergrad director even told me classes take a backseat), and I recently read that almost 25% of all scientists advising NASA on the James Webb come from U of R. I would LOVE to have any part in that.
Also, that course schedule makes me want to cry. Electromagnetism, Quantum Physics, and Astrophysics all at the same time in the spring term. Oh God…
I just realized today I was in the same building that Richard Feynman lectured in before. Here’s a picture of him at the University of Rochester.
I also just learned that U of R is way more selective than I thought, with an acceptance rate of 20% for transfer students, and an average SAT score in the 95th percentile. I never took the SATs, and when I graduated high school I just barely landed in the upper 50%. What this means is that everyone there will be way smarter than me, and all the classes will be too hard.
Yeah, she was awesome. Everyone there was so nice. It really makes me want to attend UR. (Though the little stack of books she gave me is completely terrifying. Learn math from a book, wuh?)
I haven’t heard back from the other schools yet, but that’s probably my fault. I’ve been so buried in school up until now because of finals, I haven’t had time to get everything straightened out. A trip to Rochester or Buffalo is basically a full day. (Long drive.) That’s actually why I went in to Rochester today. I JUST got everything set with the financial aid office. Part of the delay was their fault, part of it was mine. The University at Buffalo is the only other school I’m seriously considering, and I may try to get in there tomorrow. I may have even missed the “deadline” for UB, but I know they’re flexible.
U of R apparently does a lot of research work studies for physics students, so that’s good to hear as well. So even if they don’t pay for it, there are alternatives.
It’s all just so overwhelming. I wish I knew what I was doing.
“Oh, we’re going to eat you alive; you have no idea.”
That’s what the director of undergraduate studies in physics and astronomy told me today at the University of Rochester.
But she was super nice. I walked in and within five minutes I walked out with a stack of math and physics books and my head spinning. I told her that I was a semester behind in math, and she was like “Oh you’re in trouble. You thought it was hard before? Just wait. They call us one of ‘the new Ivy League’ schools for a reason. Whatever that means.” And then she started handing me books. I reminded her I wasn’t even sure if I was attending until I hear back from financial aid, and she said, “Trust me, I would never steer you wrong, wherever you end up. Just promise you’ll bring them back.” Then she put her hand on my arm and said, “I really hope you stick with it. I’ll be here if you need anything.” And then I was out the door.
This is all within 5 minutes of meeting her for the first time.
(She couldn’t sit down for a proper meeting because she was frantically trying to get ready for commencement this Sunday. I’m going to try to visit again next week and talk to her about what I need to get caught up.)